Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Low Carb Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast is always a very important part of your day. I believe how you eat first thing in the morning dictates the rest of your eating that day. Why? Because I've seen it in action! :-)

If I eat a healthy low carb breakfast, my craving for carbs drastically reduces throughout the day. If I eat a higher carb breakfast, I'm hungry quicker and can't seem to stop wanting carbs of all kinds.

Recently my hubby and I decided to work on something here at the house. Work on getting healthier for all of us. That means, especially for me, going very low/no carb. I'm a type 2 diabetic and want to manage that as well as I possibly can. That means the restricted carb emphasis.

I've done a lot of research in the past several years. I didn't really get it until I started paying attention to how my body reacts when I eat those higher carb items. Say, biscuits or toast... I can honestly say I function better when it's full of protein and so does my kiddo.

So here's our latest favorite breakfast. I do have to say that I'm super excited my DS is trying new things. I can see him growing and expanding in his food choices and it's very exciting!!!

Low Carb Breakfast Burrito

Serves: 2
2 Low carb wraps
Meat of choice (I used sausage and bacon)
2 Eggs
cheese of choice

 Warm up your skillet. I put a little bit of coconut oil in it to prevent sticking. Scramble the eggs, cheese and sausage together and cook in a skillet on low/medium heat. Cook until eggs are to the desired consistency and meat is warmed.

After it is cooked, place it in the burrito shell. You can choose to warm up your shells or use them at room temperature.

Add desired toppings. I use a little bit of salsa on mine. This is where you could use some sour cream or other items if you wish.

Roll it up and enjoy! Much healthier and cheaper than your fast food restaurant choices ;)

I used the Jimmy Dean crumbles for this burrito. You could always scramble up some sausage yourself and keep it in the fridge to just heat up. I have cooked bacon then scrambled the eggs and added that as well. There's a lot of options to make this a delicious go to breakfast in your home made your way.

What's your favorite go-to breakfast?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Week in Review - Hello Weekend!!

Hey everybody! Anybody else ready for the weekend to arrive? Me!!! Of course our weekend will be busy but at least it is the weekend.

On the school front....
We had a nice productive week this week. We spent time working on English, Spelling, Math and Science. We had a little bit of art thrown in using the Art for Kids website we have fallen in love with. My DS will sit there for long periods of time following these videos and doing quite well. He's having a blast and hopefully this weekend we will add an art wall to his room so he can display it. He's asked for this in his room so he can show it off.

One thing we have both enjoyed this week is our read aloud. I find as he does his written work, he works better if I'm reading something. So this week we tried a book we found at Barnes and Noble. It is a huge hit here. It's the first in a series and we are both loving it.

It is about a time traveling Golden Retriever who goes back to the Oregon Trail. Since this is his first time traveling experience we aren't sure yet how he gets back to his owner but we are anxious to find out. He loves this one and so does our Golden ;-).

We are almost finished with it but we have to wait till this summer for the next one to come out. It is geared towards 2nd-4th graders as a history series. I'll let you know more about it as we finish it up in the next week.

I'm not really sure what sparked it but one day this week Boo Bear just came out with school was really fun today. (me silently screeching eeeeee!! ) Not sure what was different except we got everything finished up and he just enjoyed it. ;) A homeschool win for sure!!

We also had an interesting side lesson this week. As we were doing school work on Tuesday, Molly started raising a ruckus at the front window. We ran over to see what was going on and this is what we found.

This and one other big tractor were working on getting the limbs cut down beside the power lines. This is our first year in this house so we had never seen them come by and do this before. We haven't had trees in our yard like we do here. So for a few minutes the three of us sat and watched this process.

I love that we can take these moments to sit and watch things going on before finishing up school. We are learning in everything we do. :)

On the homefront...
I'm working on implementing a better chore system around here. For myself included. I usually just try to have one day a week that is the major cleaning day. Instead, I'm going to try out a new schedule I saw this week where each day has it's own specific chores so you don't have to do everything all at once. I'm hoping this will work for us. DS has his own chores he has to do and I'm also considering upping those as well. What do you kiddos do around the house to help out?

In the kitchen...
This week we've had some pretty yummy dinners. Last night was a mixture of my own. Not sure what you'd call it but it was yummy. I didn't measure anything but put some fresh ginger, minced garlic and Tamari sauce on top of some beef strips with onions. It was pretty good and even the kiddo liked it. We are in the middle of making some changes to our eating and we are looking forward to sharing it with you.

So that's about it. We had a pretty normal relaxed week this week. Maybe today we can get in a field trip or something exciting. Not quite sure yet. What about you? What does your day/weekend look like?

I'm linking up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Homegrown Learners and Our 4 Kiddos.

Koru Naturals Review

Koru Naturals Review I love natural products to use on my skin, face and in my body. The more research I do on products we use, the more I love that natural product. I recently got the chance to review two products from Koru Naturals. I received the 2 oz bottle of Emu Oil and a fabulous pack of Pure Lanolin Lip Balms
Koru Naturals offers a variety of products that help you take care of your skin, hair and body. Since they opened the store in 2002, they have been providing products such as the Emu Oil, lip balms, lanolin creams, shampoos and more to people just like you. Whether you're looking for a safe product to use on your entire family or you're in need of help with certain skin conditions, this is a great company to look to. 

Emu Oil 
One of the products I received was the 2 fl oz bottle of Pure Emu Oil. I have to be honest. Until this review, I'd never heard of this product. I did a little research and learned it is quite useful! This is a topical skin moisturizer and is great for eczema, dry skin or just to make you feel silky smooth. I am a diabetic and dry skin is always an issue for me. My son has eczema so he deals with itchy skin and breakouts as well. Winter time always brings out dry hands on me as well. Washing our hands a lot to keep away the germs means skin gets really dried out and cracked. 
Koru Naturals Review

When I first got the product I was super excited to try it out. I have read all the other comments on the site about usage from other consumers and was anxious to try it out myself. When I say a little goes a long way, I  mean just that. It takes very little of this product to make you feel refreshed and better in seconds. Shake the bottle good before using and apply the smallest amount possible. The oil can cause you to feel slick if you use too much. It's always better to use less than you think and go back to get more. 
I love how this makes my skin feel. As long as you don't add too much, it soaks in very quickly and leaves a nice refreshing feeling. There's no scent to the oil so you do not have to worry about overpowering your senses. It just leaves a nice refreshed, moisturized feeling overall.
There's a lot of ways you can utilize this product. It is great for conditioning your hair. You can use it as a warm oil treatment for your hair before washing. I plan on trying this one too as I haven't made it to that yet. You can also use it in your bath for a relaxing soak after a busy day of homeschooling, working, being mom...(you get the idea)
The Emu Oil comes in two bottle sizes, the 2 or 4 fl oz bottles. The 2 oz bottle runs $9.85 and the 4 oz bottle runs $18.20. 
Pure Lanolin Lip Balm
The next product I received was the Pure Lanolin Lip Balm. Lips are another area that takes a hit during the winter months. While I may live in Florida, the dryer air and cooler temperatures can certainly wreak havoc. The wind is another crazy factor here in the South that we deal with all year round. So to say my lips could use some assistance is an understatement. 
I received the four pack of lanolin tubes. They are also available in pots as well. The tubes come four to a pack and run $9.80 for the pack. This is another product that will last a long time as a little goes a long way. It adds a nice shine to your lips so it's great to wear all the time. You can wear it over your color or by itself. 
Koru Naturals Review
You can throw it in your beach bag and wear it as you're playing in the water because it is sun, wind and water resistant. It has no flavor or smell so it's nice and natural. You do have to be careful of how much you apply just like with the Emu Oil. This would make a nice stocking stuffer or gift for any of your friends, family and fellow homeschool moms who need some TLC for their lips. 
I keep one by my bed, one in my purse, one in a makeup pouch and the other is a backup. It's a great addition to your skin care regimen to keep your lips moisturized and protected.
Be sure to stop by the Koru Naturals Facebook page and check out other products and ways to use these two I've mentioned. 
Click the link below to see what other products the Review Crew checked out and how they used them in their home. 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Heirloom Audio Productions Review

Ever since my son was little, audio books have been a huge hit with him. I can't tell you the number of books/stories we've listened to over the past few years. So when the Heirloom Audio Productions review of In Freedom's Cause came up, I was overjoyed. This exciting audio drama was right up our alley. 
I was excited because this audio book was not simply read to you. This was a production and an audio theater. It was exciting and I could see it all playing out in my mind. My son, he's an audio lover either way but he loves it when they are dramatic and really draw you in. That's exactly what In Freedom's Cause does. 

For this review I received the In Freedom's Cause Single Package. This amazing product includes:
  • Physical CD's of audio production
  • The Study Guide (digital download)
  • Soundtrack (digital download)
  • Printable copy of the Prayer of William Wallace (digital download)
This is the "Real Story of Wallace and Bruce" portrayed for you as a Christian radio theater production. As the producer calls it in the introduction video, "this is the God story behind Braveheart". 

We listened to this daily and it drew you in wanting more. We started listening to it in our kitchen as we worked on school work but I quickly realized this was one we needed in the car. We needed to listen to it more and hear the rest of the story!

We do a lot of driving for classes and outside work so this was perfect to have to listen. My son would rather listen to stories than music, any day. This CD has remained in the car and we have listened to it several times. I'm sure we will listen to it several more.

In Freedom's Cause Audio CD Review

The Study Guide
The downloadable study guide you receive as part of the package is a treasure trove for this audio theatre. For the younger students, and even your older ones, you can help them understand the situations that William Wallace, Ned and Bruce face in this story. 

The guide provides detailed information about the author, G.A. Henty, William Wallace and Sir Bruce. Learn about their lives and what drove them to make the choices they did to fight for freedom. See how William Wallace inspired Sir Bruce to take up the cause for freedom in Scotland.

Each section of the guide offers three distinct ideas to think on. First, there's the listening well section. It will ask questions about what is taking place. The second section is Thinking Further which digs a little deeper into what you're hearing. The third section is Defining Words which are words you'll hear that may need discussing or defining. 

The study guide itself really helps to cement the action that is taking place into your childs mind. This helps them, and you, to understand what is going on and to discover ideas about this time period. 

What we thought:
This was an amazing story! It's an exciting story and one that draws you in from the beginning. Actors you have seen on your favorite shows lend their voices to these characters and make them come to life. My son thought it was awesome and asked me to turn it on every time we got in the car. I highly recommend discovering In Freedom's Cause for yourself if you're looking for exciting history homeschooling curriculum ideas. 

Check out more information on their Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest pages to see how this amazing story unfolds. 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Great Commission Films, Indoctrination Review

We all have our reasons for homeschooling our children. Maybe we have had bad experiences in the public school system or we just wanted to prevent them from happening. Maybe you just want better education opportunities for your child. Everyone has their own reasons and the latest review I received just help cement the idea in my head. The Great Commission Films movie IndoctriNation: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America opened my eyes to things I never knew were going on.  
IndoctriNation DVD Review
For me personally, my reasons for homeschooling my son are possibly milder than others. We haven't been in the public school system so we don't have horror stories. However, my parents are both retired public school teachers and I know what they went through. I also know that I wanted a way for my son to get the best possible education. I know there are things that go on everyday in the system. I have heard the horror stories first hand and those too helped us make our decision.
It wasn't until I sat down to watch the DVD IndoctriNation:Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America that I really got a glimpse into the system. 
The story behind the movie is a homeschool father of seven from Scotland wanted to tour the US and see just what went on in the school system today. Colin Gunn and his family toured the states in a big yellow school bus to talk to educators, leaders and those who have influence in the school systems. 
On Colins journey he talks with historians, teachers who were in the system and pastors who share their stories and heartfelt pleas to Christian families in the government school systems. 
A few of the teachers on the video have lost their jobs due to their faith. One teacher was told to stop saying the name of Jesus and he could keep his job. Another teacher was told the school was afraid her Christian faith would influence other parents and students. 
As you take this journey with Colin and his family, you'll learn about the history of the government run school system. You'll take a step back in time to see how the schools were started and where the first college began. Hear from students themselves who went through the "best schools" in their area and how it impacted their faith and their Christian walk. 
You'll also go over the questions such as shouldn't our children be the salt and light in our school systems? What about being religiously neutral? One of my personal biggest concerns is being safe in the system. 
I think one of my biggest shock moments (one of many) in the film was when the leader of the largest teachers union, NEA was on the video. He was recorded in a meeting saying that the teachers/unions don't do what they do because of the care for the children but because they have the power. 
I sat and watched this myself and my husband is going to watch it with me as well. I honestly encourage each parent who is considering homeschool or public school to take a little while out of your day and sit to watch this DVD. You can buy the DVD itself for $19.95 or you can rent it online for $4.95. They even have where you can watch part of the documentary itself for free online. 
I encourage you to read other reviews by clicking the linky below. Watch it for yourself and take time to see what teachers in the systems are saying about what goes on behind those schoolroom doors. Don't just take my word for it. Give it some of your time and I'm sure it will be eye opening. 
You can find more information out by checking out the IndoctriNation Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. 
IndoctriNation DVD Review
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Week in Review - Ready for the Weekend!

Happy Cold Friday!! BRRR!!! It's even cold here in the Sunshine State. We got down to around 21 degrees this morning. I know it's nothing compared to our neighbors in the North and believe me, you guys are in my thoughts! It is, however, a record cold for us and soooo not normal ;-)

This week has been a pretty easy going one, thankfully. We had our last animal themed science class  yesterday so next week we get a break. Guitar lessons are today so we will end the week on a musical note. I'm very proud of him and excited to see where he goes with this. Yesterday we got him a cool new strap for his guitar and some new picks. He's excited to use them and share them with his teacher today.

This past week we worked on progressing through our math and science lessons online. He's still loving the online work and so am I. Of course Molly would prefer he hurried so they can go play...

He seems to be doing well with these programs and grasping the concepts. It is kind of weird for me to not be actually teaching it all the time but I still do teach Grammar and Spelling. We also started working on cursive this week thanks to a friend who passed on some books :). Isn't that wonderful?

While there's not too much new going on in school, there were some adventures this week. My hubby came home with a pair of roller skates for Boo Bear this weekend. There was a party he was invited to and he needed to know how to skate. Everything was all good till a horrible crash on Saturday. The rest of the week he's been on the mend. Hoping it didn't turn him off of his skates forever...

My  hubby also brought these home. He said he was going to be totally impractical and bring these instead of the vacuum cleaner he looked at. :-) I would have been fine with that for Valentines day. I guess that's what almost 12 years of marriage does. :) Romance looks a lot different ;-) I think he did pretty good!

I also figured out why my  mom always said "Don't run in the house!". The hard way. Course this isn't the first time but still... Let's just say I was goofing off with Boo Bear and he fell and I tried not to fall and it was a domino effect ending with me kicking the wall. Not good. Thankfully he's fine. I'm nursing this toe...

We did have a fun day out at the park this week with a friend. It got a little too chilly with the wind so it wasn't near as much as I think the kids wanted to play. It was fun to just get out of the house for a bit.

So that's about how adventurous our week was. Pretty tame I guess. Which I'm not complaining!!! How was your week?

I'm linking up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Our 4 Kiddos and Homegrown Learners.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday

201. I'm thankful for our first married couples get together last week. It was quite nice and a much needed "date" night ;). Love that we have so many couples surrounding us that have years of married life wisdom to share.

202. For the sunshine. When the wind is blowing and it's crazy cold for this state, the sun helps to warm you up some.

203. My warm fuzzy socks. Without them, my feet would be freezing.

204. My MIL for giving me new warm fuzzy socks for Christmas.

205. Knowing that when life seems out of control, God has it all under control.

206. That my son ASKED to do a report this week. Asked. On his own.

207. Yummy dinners with the family.

208. Park days with friends. And then the library. Because the park was slightly cold. Then back to the park. It was a fun afternoon :)

209. Finding curriculum that works for my DS. Yes. We are still looking at things and stuff always changes around here. But when you find what works, you stick with it. Right now a couple of the review products are working wonderfully. So they will be hanging around. Stay tuned for more on that soon!!

210. Walking into a restaurant on Sunday after church and finding three couples from church there who promptly invite you to eat with them. They are special folks and I'm so very thankful for all the pouring into our lives they do.